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Shade as enrichment: testing preferences for shelter in two model fish species

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Nick A. R. Jones, Rowena Spence, Faith A.M. Jones, Helen C. Spence-Jones

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Abstract

We compared preferences shown by zebrafish Danio rerio and three‐spined stickleback Gasterosteus aculeatus for shelter provided by above‐tank shade and artificial plants. Zebrafish showed no preference for either shelter, whereas sticklebacks showed a preference for both shelter types over open areas and for shade over plants. Our results suggest shade may be used as enrichment for captive fish and re‐emphasise the importance of species‐specific welfare considerations.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1161-1165
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Fish Biology
Volume95
Issue number4
Early online date4 Sep 2019
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Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2019

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  • Environmental enrichment, Fish husbandry, Fish welfare, Shelter, Three-spined stickleback, Zebrafish

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